Mike Stavrakakis of Modesto was named Stanislaus Countys veteran of the year for his efforts in assisting veterans throughout Northern California. Several years ago, Stavrakakis noticed the lack of books and fresh reading material in the various veterans clinics and hospital waiting rooms. So he began collecting books, magazines and videos for the facilities.
To date, Stavrakakis nicknamed the book dude has distributed more than 20,000 items, along with 350 afghan blankets for veterans in wheelchairs, and also toiletry items. Stavrakakis is a veteran of the Korean War, and while in the Navy served during the nuclear testing campaigns at Christmas and Johnson islands in the Pacific. Stavrakakis, 85, was exposed to high levels of radiation during the assignment and is battling cancer as a result.
ModestoView wins three awards
ModestoView magazine received two golds and an honorable mention in the MarCom awards presented by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
ModestoView earned its golds for the July 2013 Modestocana issue and the October 2013 Haunted issue. It picked up an honorable mention for the August 2013 Summer Fling issue. Art Director Peter Grimaldi of P Grimaldi Creative revamped the design and production of Modesto View in 2012. The cover illustrations were created by photo illustrator and video game design veteran Michael J. Mangano.
Change of command
The Civil Air Patrols Lt. Col. Arthur King Composite Squadron 50 held a change-of-command ceremony Thursday at Modesto Airport. Capt. Charlene L. Fulton turned over the role of squadron commander to Capt. Jon C. Domke. Lt. Col. Joe Brickman, Group 6 commander, officiated.
MJC student AmeriCorps grad
Modesto Junior College student Teonna Clark graduated Wednesday from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa. The ceremony marked the end of a 10-month course that started in February. She is one of 160 corps members and team leaders on 10- to 12-member teams in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Projects involve the environment, energy conservation, disasters, infrastructure improvement and urban and rural development. By completing 1,700 hours of community service, each member will receive $5,550 to help pay for college or to pay school loans.
AmeriCorps NCCC is part of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Dot Foods recognized
Inc. magazine has ranked Dot Foods fourth-largest on its list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies for 2013. The listing is based on outstanding 2012 revenues of $4.5billion and a three-year growth rate in excess of 34percent. Transport Topics magazine ranked Dot Transportation 29th among its top 100 U.S. and Canadian private carriers, up from 37th last year. The company has eight distribution centers nationwide, including one in Modesto.
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